Sane's brace enough as City dump Baggies out

Annette Crawford
September 22, 2017

With less than 20 minutes remaining, City were keen to avoid a upset and Sane would strike home a sensation victor just five minutes later.

Fears that Gundogan had suffered another severe setback were quelled by boss Pep Guardiola, who told reporters after watching Leroy Sane complete a match-winning brace that the injury was "not serious".

The midfielder had starred in his first start since damaging a cruciate knee ligament nine months ago but he was forced off after appearing to twist his other leg awkwardly.

Leroy Sane opened the scoring in the third minute after Gundogan had a shot saved but the former Borussia Dortmund player had his outing curtailed before the hour.

City twice went close to doubling their lead in the 19th minute but they were denied first by Gareth McAuley and then by Foster. Danilo was the architect, crossing from right to find Ilkay Gundogan whose effort was saved by Ben Foster, only for the rebound to be smashed in by Sane.

Those misses nearly cost the Citizens the game as the Baggies equalized in the second half after 71 minutes through Claudio Yacob who tapped in after a corner was not dealt with.

Guardiola added of Sane: "He played so well, not just in terms of goals - his second was fantastic - but how he kept the ball".

But there was no hiding the total dominance of Guardiola's men, who statistics showed had enjoyed nearly 70 per cent of the first-half possession.

It was left to Claudio Yacob to find the equaliser in the 72nd minute via a header after Kieran Gibbs' flick off a corner found him unmarked inside the six-yard box.

It should have got better for the hosts three minutes later but Robson-Kanu sent a glorious chance wide from a cross by Matt Phillips.

Robson-Kanu hit the post in the dying seconds.

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